The House of Delegates just sustained Governor Bob McDonnell's budget amendment to eliminate taxpayer funding of elective abortions, an amendment that puts Virginia in line with the majority of the states, the federal government's Hyde Amendment and President Obama's recent executive order prohibiting federal funding of abortions. The measure received 64 votes. During the floor debate, Delegate Jennifer L. McClellan (D-71, Richmond) said, "some issues" shouldn't be seen "as black and white." When recognized on the floor to respond, Delegate Kathy Byron (R-22, Campbell), speaking in favor of the amendment, said:
Instead of looking at issues as black and white, we should look at them as life and death.